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How To Become A Shoe Designer

…e the real tools to start my own shoe line, only theoretical knowledge to help me once I did actually have a company. Therefore, I went straight to Google and typed in what you see as the title to this post: ‘How to become a shoe designer. ‘ I read hours and hours of articles and things of that nature that gave it’s best attempt at explaining how to do this, but none of it really clicked for me and made me think, ‘okay that is how you do it.’ I…

March 7, 2011

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Giovanni Gambini Interview – The Middle Men Of The Shoe Industry

…lized that there must be many other behind-the-scenes individuals, like him, helping to create business while jumping through the obstacles of language and cultural barriers. So I decided that instead of resorting to another shoe designer or shoemaker this month, I would shed some light on the people that are less thought about but equally important in the shoe industry, allowing your favorite brands to make their way into your favorite stores….

How To Become A Shoe Designer Part 5: Creating Your Brand/Business Model


…n’t always have our business cards accessible to hand out. Therefore, creating a strong brand name that is easy to remember and sticks in your mind is quite crucial. When I was at the point in which I needed to name my shoe line, there was the dilemma of calling it either The Shoe Snob or using my name. Of course, when I first created my goal of having my own shoe line, nothing was more exciting then the idea of people wearing shoes with…

Shoe Pricing – From Cost of Production to Retail Price

…mark up a shoe’s wholesale price 2-3 times over (e.g. wholesale price = $100, retail price would be = $200-$300). But those are just the two end prices, let alone the cost of production versus the cost of what, me, the shoe designer, would pay the factory, for each pair. This is what I am going through right now, as I decide where I want to make my shoes (Italy vs. England) and how I am going to be able to do my best to balance price vs…

My Recommended Shoe Cobbler

…y a ‘designer’ who works with a factory that is not my own, I do not have the ability to simply send them back for my customers as this is not something that the factory would want to partake in. That being, as a shoe designer and also as the persona The Shoe Snob, I have been wanting to find a good cobbler here in London that I could refer not only my customers to but also all of you, my readers. The only difficult part was actually…

March 4, 2010

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The Best Shoe Store In America

…Green) Marios -Located in 3 different locations: Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Tigard, OR. Mario’s is a little bit more mainstream, carrying a large selection of not only suits but also casual clothes as well, they offer shoes from the likes of designer brands Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Paul Smith, Tom Ford, John Varvatos as well as less know brands such Bontoni, Gravati and my favorite of the bunch, Sutor Mantellassi.(Shoe by Bontoni)…

April 12, 2010

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Spring Time = Boat Shoes

…hoe after watching his dog run easily over ice and snow without losing grip. After seeing this, he took a pair of shoes and cut siping (small slits that create grip) into the soles using a knife, thus creating the first boat shoe. The shoes then became a product used by many sailors before becoming popularized by the prep’s in America and the UK during the 1980’s. Ever since the 80’s the boat shoe has been considered a staple…